Connie Smith
American musician
Connie Smith
Connie Smith is an American country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. After recording several demos for Anderson to pitch to other artists, Smith was offered a contract by RCA Victor Records in 1964.
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Tyson Investors Nervous as Profit Falls, CEO Bows Out
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Shares of Tyson Foods fell sharply as the meat producer gave a downbeat profit outlook and said CEO Donnie Smith would leave.
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Tyson Investors Nervous as Profit Falls, CEO Bows Out
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Shares of Tyson Foods fell sharply as the meat producer gave a downbeat profit outlook and said CEO Donnie Smith would leave.
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Video Premiere: Lindi Ortega Feels the Burn in 'Ashes'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Lindi Ortega is a Northern girl with Southern charms, a cowpunk who writes songs that make grown men weep, a tattooed lady who's comfortable wearing ruby-red lipstick and cowboy boots, a modern-day Patsy Cline who sings with genuine feeling while channeling Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Toronto, the multidimensional musician is now making a living in Nashville, following up her 2013 Juno Award-nominated Tin Star with the equally impressive Faded Gloryville, 10 songs drenched in passion, heartache and country swagger. Lindi Ortega appears in a screen shot from the video for "Ashes" from her August release Faded Gloryville. Polishing her tin star, this Americana sweetheart will make her Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday (Nov. 7) on an "Opry at the Ryman" bill that includes Connie Smith, Riders in the Sky and Old Crow Medicine Show. You don't have to wait until then to catch the sultry songstress perform, though. Today at The Huffington Post, Ortega presents the striking vid ...
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Tyson Foods to end use of human antibiotics in U.S. chickens by 2017
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Tyson Foods Inc , the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017, one of the most aggressive timetables yet set by an American poultry company. Public health experts and federal regulators are concerned that routine feeding of antibiotics to animals could spur creation of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in humans, creating a health hazard.     Tyson's move will help the company meet a deadline recently outlined by McDonald's Corp  for its U.S. restaurants to gradually stop buying chicken raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.     But Tyson's timetable was not synchronized with that of McDonald's, to which Tyson is a leading chicken supplier, Chief Executive Donnie Smith said on a conference call Tuesday.
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Houston Herald - about 2 years
Bonita Azzelle “Bonnie” Smith, 74, of Mountain Grove, passed away Feb. 11, 2015, following a long battle with COPD.
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George Jones' 'Amazing Grace' Album Is An Impressive Posthumous Release
Huffington Post - over 3 years
George Jones, "Amazing Grace" (Bandit/Welk) The first release of George Jones music following his death in April features the legendary singer on a collection of traditional hymns. Largely recorded in 2002, "Amazing Grace" finds Jones in full voice and backed by the subtle orchestrations of producer Billy Sherrill, who recorded many of Jones' classic hits in the 1970s and `80s. Across 12 recordings, Jones performs classics such as "Peace In The Valley," "The Old Rugged Cross" and the title song with solemn reverence, using subtle shifts in volume and phrasing to draw deep emotions from these often-performed standards. Each song features moments that prove why Jones was an unparalleled vocalist. Sherrill also shows why he was such a great studio match for Jones. Whether it's the quiet piano-and-bass opening of "In The Garden," or how the harmony voices and steel guitar play off Jones in "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," Sherrill's arrangements add depth to the singer's distinctive inter ...
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Connie Smith On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 3 years
One of country's most respected vocalists performs songs from 2011's Long Line of Heartaches — her first album in 16 years. Dolly Parton once suggested that Smith is one of the three greatest female singers in the world, along with Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Services Set for Evelyn Smith
Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch - over 4 years
Evelyn Smith, 88, of Brandon died on Nov.19. She was born on Sept. 7, 1924, in Marion, Ohio, to the late John and Sarah Bell (Whaley) Beedy. She was a lifetime member of the Providence Baptist Church in Riverview. She is survived by two sons, Richard Brannon and Dean (Connie) Smith; a daughter, Joanne Brannack; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. Brannon Jr.; a granddaughter, Angela K. Stewart; a brother and four sisters. A funeral service will take place on Friday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. in Providence Baptist Church Riverview, to be conducted by Pastor David Goforth. A viewing will be from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery.
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Connie Smith On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
One of country's most respected vocalists performs songs from 2011's Long Line of Heartaches — her first album in 16 years. Dolly Parton once suggested that Smith is one of the three greatest female singers in the world, along with Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Tyson does not rule out imports of Brazil corn - over 4 years
By Lisa Baertlein Aug 6 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat producer, said on Monday that it has not ruled out buying Brazilian corn due to a drought devastating the crop in the United States, but added that its current domestic supply cost less than imports. "We run the math constantly and when it works that's an avenue for us," said Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods on a conference call with analysts. "We've got a lot of truck corn bo
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From time machines to faraway islands, area churches offer plenty of VBS options
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
Group VBS Grace Lutheran, Immaculate Conception Catholic, St. James Episcopal, Trinity Presbyterian and Providence Baptist churches are combining to host Vacation Bible School for children and youth from 9 a.m. to noon June 25-28 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville. The theme will be "Sonrise National Park." All children who are rising kindergartners through graduating fifth-graders are welcome to register. Youth in grades six through 12 are invited and encouraged to be involved with VBS as helpers. Forms to register children and youth helpers are available at all of the participating churches. Registration is free, but participating families will be asked for a free-will offering to help with the cost of art supplies and instructional materials. When registering, each family will receive a CD of "Sonrise National Park" songs. Daily offerings for Interfaith Assistance Ministry will be encouraged. The donations for each day and lesson subjects ...
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Smith, Burton set wedding date
Times Gazette - almost 5 years
Robbie and Connie Smith of Lynchburg are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Nacole Smith to Jeffery Ryan Burton of Lynchburg. The future bride is the granddaughter of Jean...
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Hearing loss a hidden -- and correctable -- problem for seniors
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
Many older adults are unnecessarily missing out on the life that's swirling around them, unheard and unacknowledged. Ann Stenzel, 100, wears hearing aids in both ears and says they made a huge difference, helping her interact better with others. "I don't want to miss anything," she says. Ann Stenzel, left, and Connie Smith have fun with a visitor at Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay. Stenzel has become an advocate of hearing aids.
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Garth Brooks headed to Country Music Hall of Fame
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
NASHVILLE (Reuters) - The Country Music Association on Tuesday named three stars for induction into its Hall of Fame including superstar <a class="fplink fp-93383" href="/Garth+Brooks+1">Garth Brooks</a> and veterans <a class="fplink fp-52995" href="/Connie+Smith+1">Connie Smith</a> and Hargus "Pig" Robbins. Brooks, who has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide in his career, became a superstar of the 1990s with albums such as "Ropin' the Wind" and "No Fences" and was heralded for his live stage acts. He took a break from heavy touring in the early 2000s, but in recent years has been performing more often. ...
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Google News - over 5 years
Of all the great country music queens to rise in the 1960s, Connie Smith may have the lowest public profile. Partly that&#39;s because in the early 1970s, as the world at large learned of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, Smith retreated from
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Smith's return is reason to celebrate - Herald Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
AP Of all the great country music queens to rise in the 1960s, Connie Smith may have the lowest public profile. Partly that&#39;s because in the early 1970s, as the world at large learned of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, Smith retreated
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Shot youth dies at aunt's feet - The South African Star
Google News - over 5 years
Connie Smith, 48 – the aunt – dashed out of the house to seek help from the neighbours. Among the first neighbours to respond was Sonia Adams, who had been rattled by the sound of gunshots. As she approached the crime scene, she was met by a wailing
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Review: Connie Smith Return Is Reason to Celebrate - ABC News
Google News - over 5 years
Of all the great country music queens to rise in the 1960s, Connie Smith may have the lowest public profile. Partly that&#39;s because in the early 1970s, as the world at large learned of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Connie Smith
  • 2012
    Age 70
    In 2012, Smith was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Connie Smith's sound is defined by the Nashville Sound musical style, primarily during her breakthrough years in the 1960s. While most Nashville Sound recordings of the time mainly included full orchestras, Smith's sound remained more traditional with its use of steel guitar and her twangy vocals, while still featuring some pop-influenced instrumentation to provide urban pop appeal. Critics have largely praised Smith's use of the steel guitar, which have often been described as "sharp" and "prominent". Smith's steel guitar player Weldon Myrick is often credited with creating what Smith has called "The Connie Smith Sound". In an interview with Colin Escott in his book Born to Sing, Myrick recalls how Smith's producer (Bob Ferguson) wanted the guitar to sound, "He came out and said he wanted a bright sound, and he adjusted my controls. I thought it was an awfully thin sound, but it wound up being very popular."
    On October 21, 2012, Smith became the 12th solo female vocalist and 19th woman to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Smith, has an estimated net worth of $18 million. Despite her success, Smith is considered by some music critics to be one of the most underrated vocalists in country music history due to the decision not to pursue super stardom with the non-country general media market like such contemporaries as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. Artists such as Parton, George Jones, and Chely Wright have cited Smith as either one of the best vocalists in the music industry or their favorite female artist. Eddie Stubbs of Nashville radio station WSM and the Grand Ole Opry has dubbed Smith "The Rolls-Royce of Country Singers." With this being said, Smith has stated on numerous occasions that country legend Loretta Lynn is her favourite country singer ever.
  • 2008
    Age 66
    In November of 2008, Smith joined the cast of Marty Stuart's television series The Marty Stuart Show, which airs on the RFD-TV network every Saturday night.
    More Details Hide Details The thirty-minute program features traditional country music performed by both Stuart and Smith, as well as radio personality, Eddie Stubbs. Since 2008, Smith had been writing new songs for her next album. In August Smith released her first new solo recording in thirteen years, entitled Long Line of Heartaches via Sugar Hill Records. The record was produced by Marty Stuart and includes five songs written by the pair. Harlan Howard, Kostas, Johnny Russell, and Dallas Frazier also wrote songs that were included on the album.
  • 2003
    Age 61
    In August 2003, Smith released a collaborative gospel album with country artists Barbara Fairchild and Sharon White called Love Never Fails on Daywind Records.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Country Stars Central, Smith said that she was ill with the stomach flu while recording the album, but, still enjoyed making the record, Produced by country and bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs (White's husband), the album received a nomination from the Dove Awards. The website reviewed the release and commented that Love Never Fails, "is probably too rowdy for most Southern Gospel fans (who really like tinkly pianos and less-twangy vocals), and while it probably won't wow many country listeners, for folks who are fans any of these three singers, this is kind of a treat.
  • 1998
    Age 56
    Also in 1998, Smith made a second cameo appearance in a film, portraying a "Singer at the Rodeo Dance" in The Hi-Lo Country starring Woody Harrelson and Billy Crudup.
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    In October 1998 she released her second self-titled studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Consisting of ten tracks, nine of them were co-written by both Smith and Stuart. Although the album attracted little attention, it was given high critical praise for its traditional and contemporary style. Kurt Wolff of the book Country Music: The Rough Guide commented that the album sounded "far gutsier than anything in the Reba and Garth mainstream". Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the release four out of five stars, calling it "a solid effort", also commenting, " it stands head and shoulders over most of the stuff that's come out of Nash Vegas in over a decade. Even if it doesn't sell a copy, it's a triumphant return for Smith. She hasn't lost a whit of her gift as a singer or as a writer."
  • 1997
    Age 55
    After divorcing Haynes in the early 1990s, Smith stated that she would never marry again, but on July 8, 1997 Smith married country artist Marty Stuart.
    More Details Hide Details They met while writing songs for Smith's 1998 comeback album. Twenty eight years before, Stuart had first encountered her after attending her concert: "I met Connie when I was 12 years old. She came to the Indian reservation in my hometown to work at a fair. She hasn't changed a bit. She looked great then and she looks great now." Smith said that they have sustained their marriage by making " the Lord the center... and commit." Connie Smith has won two awards from both Billboard Magazine and Cash Box. Besides her nominations from music magazines, Smith has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, one award from the Academy of Country Music, and three awards from the Country Music Association, as well as several nominations from the fan-voted Music City News Awards including one win. Footnotes Bibliography
  • 1986
    Age 44
    In 1986, she made a cameo appearance in Stephen King's horror film Maximum Overdrive as "dead lady in car".
    More Details Hide Details One day in the mid-1990s, Smith was at her home talking to one of her daughters on the phone. After telling her mother what she was going to that night, her daughter asked Smith what her plans for that night were. Because she did not have anything fun planned, Smith lied so her daughter wouldn't have to worry about her. After the conversation ended, Smith realized that she didn't need her own children worrying about her at the start of their adult lives and decided that it was time to return to her career. With country artist Marty Stuart (whom she later married in 1997), acting as the album's main producer, Smith signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1996. Although the label preferred her to record an album of duets, Smith decided to go by her own terms and record a solo studio album.
  • 1985
    Age 43
    Smith was encouraged to restart her mainstream career in 1985 with a new recording contract to Epic Records.
    More Details Hide Details The label released two singles over the course of two years. The first single, "A Far Cry from You" (1985), was written by Alternative country artist Steve Earle and reached No. 71 on the Hot Country Singles chart. The second single did not chart and Epic failed to release any further singles or an album.
  • 1979
    Age 37
    Smith's next five singles on the label continued to descend into progressively lower positions on the country singles chart and because of poor record sales, Smith decided to go into semi-retirement in 1979 to raise her five children.
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  • 1977
    Age 35
    Her debut 1977 Monument album, Pure Connie Smith, only spawned one single, entitled "Coming Around", which peaked outside the Top 40.
    More Details Hide Details Only one single released on the label became a significant hit, a cover of Andy Gibb's 1977 pop hit "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", which peaked at No. 14 on the country singles chart in 1978.
    In 1977 Smith moved to Monument Records.
    More Details Hide Details With her new recording contract, she was marketed as country pop artist and was pressured into recording softer material. While reviewing Smith's 1993 Monument compilation Greatest Hits on Monument, Allmusics Stephen Thomas Erlewine commented that she not only recorded country-pop material, but also "heavily produced adult contemporary ballads and big, shiny disco-influenced pop numbers." Meanwhile, both of Smith's albums under the label stiffed upon release.
  • 1976
    Age 34
    After releasing two more studio albums in 1976, Smith parted ways with Columbia Records the following year.
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    In 1976, Smith released two cover versions of previously-made pop hits by The Everly Brothers as singles: "(Till) I Kissed You" and "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)".
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  • 1975
    Age 33
    In 1975, she released her second gospel album with the label, entitled Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel, which was a tribute to the gospel material that Hank Williams recorded.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she also released a cover of Williams' secular "Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)" as a single.
  • 1974
    Age 32
    In 1974 Smith released the singles "I Never Knew (What That Song Meant Before)" and "I've Got My Baby on My Mind", which both reached No. 13 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
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    Her next single (released on That's the Way Love Goes) was written by Dallas Frazier called "Ain't Love a Good Thing", which peaked at No. 10 on the Hot Country Singles Chart in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details After signing with Columbia, many music critics considered that Smith lost much of the quality that was found in her earlier records with RCA Victor. When reviewing her compilation from her years at Columbia titled Connie Smith Sings Her Hits (1997), Thom Jurek of Allmusic commented that Smith lost much of the "grain" in her voice. Jurek went on to write, "It could be said, that regardless of the material, she never made a bad record; the tunes were carefully chosen it's true, but she never tried to hide the hardcore twang in her vocal style."
  • 1973
    Age 31
    She released her first gospel album under the her label in November 1973, entitled God Is Abundant.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, the label also gave her the advantage of being able to incorporate more gospel songs into her regular country studio albums. Because of these factors, most of her singles remained out of the top ten, but she did manage to stay in the top 20 most of the decade. That year Smith recorded her first country album for the label entitled A Lady Named Smith with producer George Richey. Smith and Richey co-wrote the album's lead single, "You've Got Me (Right Where You Want Me)", which became a minor hit on the Billboard country chart. However Smith was dissatisfied with Richey's production strategies and replaced him with Ray Baker for her next album, That's the Way Love Goes (1974).
    After parting ways with RCA, Smith moved to Columbia Records in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details With her new contract, she insisted that she would be able to record one gospel album a year.
  • 1972
    Age 30
    In November 1972, Smith announced she would depart from RCA the same week that country artist Eddy Arnold also announced his temporary departure.
    More Details Hide Details Smith later explained in an interview with Razor & Tie that she felt RCA showed a lack of respect for her and she felt she would have been happier recording elsewhere.
    In 1972, all three of Smith's singles reached the top ten on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart: "Just for What I Am" (#5), "If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)" (#7), and "Love Is the Look You're Looking for" (#8).
    More Details Hide Details In addition, three albums were also released to accommodate the success of the three singles, including a tribute to songwriter Dallas Frazier named If It Ain't Love and Other Great Dallas Frazier Songs.
  • 1971
    Age 29
    In 1971, she released her third gospel album, Come Along and Walk with Me, which Smith later stated was her favorite gospel record out of the many she has made.
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    In 1971 Smith's cover of Don Gibson's 1960 single "Just One Time" reached No. 2 on the Hot Country Singles chart.
    More Details Hide Details An album of the same name was also released, which reached No. 20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. By the early 1970s, Smith started to incorporate more Gospel music into her regular studio albums and touring show. Smith later stated that by incorporating more Gospel music into her secular recording career would make her leap into Christianity "count".
  • 1969
    Age 27
    Between 1969 and 1970, Smith released two collaborative albums with American country artist Nat Stuckey called Young Love and Sunday Morning with Nat Stuckey and Connie Smith, the latter of which was a gospel album.
    More Details Hide Details Between 1970 and 1971, both the singles "Louisiana Man" and "Where Is My Castle" became top 20 hits on the Billboard Magazine country singles chart.
    In 1969 her next single "You and Your Sweet Love" (written by Bill Anderson) reached No. 6 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by another top ten single in 1970, entitled "I Never Once Stopped Loving You", which reached No. 5 on the same singles chart.
  • 1968
    Age 26
    In 1968 and 1969, Smith also began to record darker songs, including the single "Ribbon of Darkness", among others.
    More Details Hide Details Smith stated that it was reflection on her personal life, after recently divorcing her first husband Jerry Smith. Despite her recent personal troubles, Smith continued to enjoy the same commercial success she had before.
    These pressures eventually led Smith to seek solace in both her family life and religion, becoming a Born Again Christian in the spring of 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Although she did not give up her music career completely, Smith did balance it with a lighter schedule in order to avoid stress.
    By 1968, Smith began to feel large amounts of pressure from the music business.
    More Details Hide Details The stress of touring, recording, promoting, and trying to keep a personal life led Smith to contemplate the possibility of suicide. Although she thought about suicide, Smith later clarified that she never saw the idea as an actual possibility.
  • 1967
    Age 25
    In May 1967 Smith released an album of songs written entirely by Bill Anderson entitled Connie Smith Sings Bill Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details Smith later commented that, " it was an honor, not a favor" to record an album of all Bill Anderson songs. Included in the album was covers of Anderson's own hits such as "City Lights" and "That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome". Also featured was Anderson's "I Love You Drops", which Smith wanted to release as a single; however Anderson wanted to release the song as his own single. Smith stated, "We begged him for that song. But I cut 33 of his songs." It would later become a top ten hit for Anderson. Between 1966 and 1968, Smith had five top ten singles in a row on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart: "I'll Come Running" (which Smith wrote herself), "Cincinnati, Ohio", "Burning a Hole in My Mind", "Baby's Back Again", and "Run Away Little Tears". "Cincinnati, Ohio" would later inspire the city of Cincinnati, Ohio to declare their own "Connie Smith Day" in June 1967.
    In February 1967, Smith released an album on RCA Camden entitled Connie in the Country, which mainly featured cover versions of country hits recorded at the time, including songs by Loretta Lynn and Buck Owens.
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    In 1967, she appeared in The Road to Nashville and Hell on Wheels.
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  • 1966
    Age 24
    During this time, Smith also appeared in several country music vehicle films, where she performed many of her current hit recordings. In 1966, she appeared in the films Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar and The Las Vegas Hillbillys, the latter of which starred Jayne Mansfield.
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  • 1965
    Age 23
    In October 1965, Smith released her second studio album Cute 'n' Country.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured both cover versions of other country songs and newer songs written by Bill Anderson. It included cover versions of songs by such artists as Jim Reeves, Webb Pierce, and Ray Price. Like her first album, Cute 'n' Country reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and spent thirty weeks on the chart as well. Her next two singles, "If I Talk to Him" and "Nobody But a Fool (Would Love You)", both reached No. 4 on the Hot Country Singles chart and were issued on Smith's third album, Miss Smith Goes to Nashville (1966). The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. With her next few sessions, Smith's producer Bob Ferguson felt pressured from RCA headquarters in New York City to market Smith's sound toward more "middle-of-the-road" country pop material. This change of sound was evident on her next two studio albums Born to Sing (1966) and Downtown Country (1967). Both albums featured full orchestras in the background and cover versions of singles by pop artists of the time. Spawned from Born to Sing and Downtown Country were the singles "Ain't Had No Lovin'" and "The Hurtin's All Over", which both peaked within the Top 5 on the Hot Country Singles chart.
    Bill Anderson wrote her next single with Bette Anderson, which was released in April 1965 called "I Can't Remember".
    More Details Hide Details The single peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart and No. 30 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart.
    In 1965 Smith officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details It had been a dream of Smith's to become a member since childhood, remembering saying at the age of five, "Someday I’m gonna sing on the Grand Ole Opry." In the mid-60s Smith was temporarily fired from the Grand Ole Opry for not being on the show for twenty six weeks out of the year, which was the required amount of weeks to stay a member at the time. In the 1970s, Smith was nearly fired from the show for testifying about Jesus Christ.
    Among these songs was Smith's follow-up single to "Once a Day" released in early 1965 titled "Then and Only Then".
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard country chart. In addition, its B-side, "Tiny Blue Transistor Radio" (originally intended for Skeeter Davis), was also written by Anderson and peaked within the Top 25 on the same singles chart.
    RCA Victor released Smith's self-titled debut album in March 1965 which also reached No. 1, spending seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and spending 30 weeks on the chart overall.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, the album also peaked at No. 105 on the Billboard 200 albums chart around the same time. Dan Cooper of Allmusic called the production of the album to sound as if she was "a down-home Streisand fronting The Lennon Sisters." During this time, Anderson wrote a series of singles that would jump-start Smith's career in the country music industry.
  • 1964
    Age 22
    The song was rush-released as a single on August 1, 1964 and became Smith's breakout single, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Singles chart on November 28 and remained at the number one position for eight weeks.
    More Details Hide Details "Once a Day" became the first debut single by a female country artist to reach number one. For nearly 50 years the single held the record for the most weeks spent at number one on the Billboard country chart by a female artist.
    Because Chet Atkins found himself too busy with other artists, Bob Ferguson acted as Smith's producer on her first sessions and would continue to work as her producer until her departure from RCA. Smith's first session took place on July 16, 1964, where she recorded four songs, three of which were written by Bill Anderson.
    More Details Hide Details One of the four songs recorded during the session entitled "Once a Day" was chosen to be Smith's debut single.
    Also impressed by her vocals, Atkins offered Smith a recording contract, and she eventually signed with the label on June 24, 1964.
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    In January 1964, Smith ran into Anderson again at a country music package concert, where he invited her to perform with him on Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree program in Nashville, Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details After performing on the program, Smith returned to Nashville that May to record demos by Anderson that he planned on pitching to other country artists. Anderson's manager Hubert Long brought the demo recording to RCA Victor Records, where producer Chet Atkins heard it.
  • 1963
    Age 21
    In August 1963, she entered a talent contest at the Frontier Ranch country music park near Columbus, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details Performing Jean Shepard's "I Thought of You", Smith won the talent contest and five silver dollars. That day at the park, country artist Bill Anderson heard Smith perform and was impressed by her voice.
  • 1961
    Age 19
    Smith has been married four times. In 1961, she married Jerry Smith, a ferroanalyst at the Inter-Lake Iron Corporation in Beverly, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details They had one child together on March 9, 1963, named Darren Justin. (In the late 1970s, Darren went to Europe to become a missionary; he is currently a psychologist.) In the mid-1960s, the couple divorced and Smith married the guitarist in her touring band, Jack Watkins. They had a son, Kerry Watkins, before separating nearly a year after marrying. Shortly afterward, Smith married telephone repairman Marshall Haynes. In the early 1970s, Haynes frequently toured with Connie on her road show. The couple had three daughters: Jeanne, Julie, and Jodi Haynes.
  • 1959
    Age 17
    In 1959, Smith graduated from Salem-Liberty High School as the class salutatorian.
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  • 1941
    Connie Smith was born Constance June Meador on August 14, 1941 to Wilma and Hobart Meador in Elkhart, Indiana.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents were originally from West Virginia, and when Smith was five months old, the family returned there. They would later move to Dungannon, Ohio. Her father was abusive when she was a child, which would eventually cause her to suffer a mental breakdown when she was a teenager. When she was seven, her mother divorced her father and married Tom Clark. Clark brought 8 children to the new marriage; Meador brought five, including Smith. The couple would eventually have two more children together, which in total added up to fifteen children. As a child, Smith was surrounded by music. Her stepfather played mandolin, while her brother played fiddle, and her other brother played guitar. On Saturday nights Smith would listen to the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. While she was a teenager, she was injured in a lawnmower accident, which nearly cut her leg off. While in the hospital recovering, she was given a guitar and learned how to play different chords. Following the recovery, she began to perform in various local talent contests.
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